Gaps in Access to Reproductive Medicines in Eastern Mediterranean

A recent study assessed access to mifepristone, misoprostol, and contraceptive medicines in eight Eastern Mediterranean countries, highlighting significant gaps. Despite their critical role in reducing maternal mortality, most countries did not include all WHO essential contraceptives in national guidelines. Only Lebanon and Pakistan had comprehensive family planning guidelines, and only Afghanistan and Lebanon included mifepristone ...

Assessing Essential Medicine Quality in Enugu and Anambra, Nigeria

This study examined 260 samples of 13 essential medicines in Enugu and Anambra, Nigeria, revealing that 25.4% did not meet USP 42 standards. Dexamethasone tablets had a 95% failure rate, and noncommunicable disease drugs showed higher non-compliance (21.2%) than anti-infectives (17.6%). OOS rates were similar between licensed vendors (25.2%) and market vendors (25.5%), with only ...

Innovative Policies for Affordable Medicine Access

Sustainable access to affordable medicines is a global health issue, even for high-income countries. The fifth PPRI Conference, held in Vienna on 25-26 April 2024, will discuss innovative pharmaceutical policies to tackle current and future challenges. The event invites researchers, policymakers, payers, patients, industry representatives, and health professionals. Key topics include best practices and lessons ...

Somaliland’s Fight Against Substandard Medicines

Join on May 21st from 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM GMT+2 for a discussion with Sadiq Samater, a Quality Control Consultant at the Somaliland Quality Control Commission. Sadiq, a UK pharmacist, will address the challenges of substandard and falsified medicines in Somaliland and the actions taken by SQCC. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and ...

Local API Production: Ensuring Medicine Access in Pakistan

Promoting local medicine production in LMICs like Pakistan is vital for ensuring access to essential medications. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) play a crucial role, not just in quality but also in cost. Pakistan’s API promotion Policy is a proactive step, driving growth and ensuring health security. By learning from regional successes and fostering local industries, ...

Bridging the Gap: Improving Palliative Care Access in Rural Nepal

Palliative care is a lifeline for those with life-threatening illnesses, yet Nepal faces hurdles in accessing essential medications and services, especially in rural areas. Limited studies highlight the demand, but quality healthcare remains out of reach. It’s time for policy changes, including medication inclusion, professional training, and comprehensive research. Together, let’s ensure every patient receives ...

WHO’s Fair Pricing Forum 2024: Enhancing Access to Essential Medicines

The WHO’s virtual Fair Pricing Forum from February 6th to 8th, 2024, focused on equitable access to essential medicines. Stakeholders, including Member States and private sectors, discussed enhancing market transparency and strategies for affordable healthcare. Despite invitation-only participation, the forum emphasized collaboration in addressing global health access challenges. To read more

Global Call for Transparency: Reject Secrecy Clauses in Drug Procurement

Demand Transparency in Drug Procurement! Civil society urges major health programs to reject secrecy clauses hindering global access to essential medicines. Let’s ensure fair pricing and equitable access for all! #TransparencyNow #GlobalHealth Over 50 groups worldwide are calling for transparency in medicine procurement. Join us in advocating for fair terms and pricing to ensure everyone ...

Portuguese Global Medicines Access Index 2021: Hospital Medicines Accessibility

Exciting new research alert! The Portuguese Global Medicines Access Index 2021 offers a groundbreaking indicator to assess access to hospital medicines. Led by Sofia Oliveira-Martins and her team, this study identified key dimensions affecting access, including innovative medicines, distribution, shortages, and value-based healthcare. Their findings, published in the Journal of Value in Health Regional Issues, ...

Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply: Urgency for Local Production

Sudip Chaudhuri from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta published a paper on December 16, 2023, discussing challenges in #covid19 vaccine supply for import-dependent developing countries, particularly in Africa. Emphasizing the need for local production, the paper reviews ongoing efforts and calls for proactive measures, including government intervention, to build manufacturing capacities. Read more

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